André Leon Talley – a legend has left us

It’s with a heavy heart to face the fact that the one and only, larger-than-life Vogue editor, André Leon Talley passed away at the age of 73. A week has passed since he suddenly died from a heart attack, which has given us time to reflect on just how important he has been for the fashion industry.

Talley had a long impressive resume starting off as an intern for Diane Vreeland at the Museum of Modern Art. Followed by Andy Warhol, Interview Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and The New York Times before finally setting his first step inside of Vogue 1983 as fashion news director. He grew within the magazine and was appointed creative director 1988, making him the magazine’s first ever African-American male creative director.

Many may know him for his big personality, extravagant capes and his biting comments. In all his fabulousness he was one thing first and foremost – a pioneer. Talley was the biggest champion and booster for the industry, and especially when it came to diversity. He pushed top designers to feature a more inclusive cast of models on the runway and behind the scenes. Every day he was in the fashion scene he was challenging the industry to be more inclusive. In his documentary The Gospel According to André, Talley says, “you don’t get up and say, ‘look, I’m Black and I’m proud,’ you just do it and it impacts the culture.” It’s safe to say that he impacted it big time. He was always quick with encouraging advice or a course correction, like the fairy godmother for the whole fashion community. He was a grand man, in all his glory of six foot seven inches to be exact he’ll forever be the one. The driving the industry forward, pushing the boundaries in making it better and broader. 

“I’d like to be remembered as someone who made a difference in the lives of young people – that I nurtured someone and taught them to pursue their dreams and their careers, to leave a legacy.” 

We can assure you André that we will, and you did.


Filippa Hägg went to Berlin for a sophisticated cocktail event with Cartier, to celebrate the latest capsule collection Clash Unlimited.

Introducing Clash Unlimited in true Cartier-manner, fashion stars and celebrities were gathered in Berlin to celebrate the new collection. The collection is bold, edgy, and has no other than Lily Collins as campaign face, who also was the guest of honor during the event. Guests such as Vanessa Kirby, crown prince of Denmark Nicolai William Alexander and Countess Alexandra, the Netflix Young Royal stars Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg, Swedish actress Hedda Stiernstedt as well as fashion entrepreneur Sophia Roe were on-site to honor the occasion.

The event took place at the spectacular apartment in Boros Bunker. Owned by Christian and his wife Karen Boros. The building has 5 floors and is over 1 000 square meters filled with the couple’s private collection of over 700 paintings, sculptures, and installations. When arriving at the location all guests were served a glass of champagne and then guided up through all levels to see the art pieces together with Cartier’s collections. The cocktail party was hosted at the top floor, also known as the fabulous penthouse of the Boros family.

It was all so perfect, and you expect nothing less when it’s Cartier sending you the invitation. It was the most perfect clash, an elegant cocktail party in cool Berlin. With an amazing view overlooking the famous Fernsehturm from the Boros Bunker and champagne flowing, guests laughing and dancing – it was truly a night to remember.

A fashionable demonstration – The Met Gala 2021

The biggest fashion event of the year usually takes place on the first Monday of May but due to the ranging pandemic it was cancelled last year and postponed this year for the same reason. Leaving it to take place in the middle of fashion month with only a third of the amount of guests that usually attend. We’re of course talking about the Met Gala 2021.

The Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City where stars, young creatives and industry paragons are invited. This year the Costume Institute will host a two-part exhibition on the theme American fashion. Part one, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” will open in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18, 2021, and will remain on display when “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” opens on May 5, 2022 in the period rooms of the American Wing.

The theme for this year was  “American Independence” which gave the attendees the ability to let their imagination roam free to interpret their founding fathers, Lady Liberty and all things red, white and blue. Even so, no look was like the other. We had Billie Eilish, a Marilyn Monroe vision in her blonde cropped hairdo and peachy tulle ballgown from Oscar de la Renta. Gemma Chan in a dragon-embroidered Prabal Gurunge dress that paid homage to Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American star of Hollywood’s golden era. We can’t talk about the Met Gala 2021 and not mention Kim K’s head to toe t-shirt dress from Balenciaga, covering every inch of her body. Was it beautiful? No. Did it make a statement? Yes. And isn’t that what America is all about? To embrace individuality, freedom of speech, religion and the list goes on. The red carpet was in a way a walking, fashionable, demonstration with statements. Both more discreetly through looks with a deeper meaning but also messages written directly on the clothes. Like Cara Delevinge in her power suit from Dior with the message “Peg the Patriarchy” and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Brother Vellies with “Tax the Rich” on her back.

Fashion is a language. It communicates who we are, how we feel and what we want to radiate. It’s the most complex language there is and only the ones who truly look beyond the clothes on the person’s back will be able to tell the story being told through an outfit. But of course, sometimes fashion is nothing more than just really beautiful pieces to look at, and we thank the yearly Met Gala for giving us both.

The evolution of the Little Black Dress

Historically the black dress originates from the Victorians wardrobe as a sign of mourning (as Queen Victoria herself wore on for 40 years following the death of her husband, Prince Albert). So the black dresses had been along for centuries long before Coco Chanel gave it a new meaning in the 1920’s. Coco Chanel created pieces that were simple and accessible for women of all social classes. She re-invented the concept of black dressing and turned it from a statement of sadness to a uniform of class, wealth and chicness.

The true turning point for when the LBD became a must have piece wasn’t until 1961 when Audry Hepburn wore it in the opening scene of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. As the character Holly Gollightly gracefully walked down 5th Avenue in her fabulous Hubert de Givenchy full length black dress all women everywhere fell in love and also wanted to be swept away by the power of the black dress.

The concept of the LBD is a black evening or cocktail dress with a simple cut. Intended to be a long-lasting and versatile piece that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. The LBD has taken on a variety of shapes and forms over the years but is still an essential to complete every woman’s wardrobe.

For a youthful modern look wear with it an oversized blazer and combat boots, or keep it classic with a pair of embellished pumps and a full length trench coat. It’s sexy, versatile and simple, a true fashion statement. The little black dress, one of fashion’s most iconic staples and will never go out of style.

Fall/Winter 2021 Campaign

Shot by Ceen Wahren, Styled by Johanna Ankelhed

There is a new magazine in town – Vogue Scandinavia

So it finally happened, Vogue launched in Scandinavia, with its HQ in Stockholm. It’s a proud moment for all the fashion lovers living in Scandi. The first issue is a contribution to what combines all the Nordic countries together: our famous, lush, green and serene nature. With no other than environmental activist Greta Thunberg on the cover.

In 1892 the first ever Vogue was released, with a hand sketched cover of a beautiful woman wearing a long, embroidered gown with puffed shoulders. The covers and content has come a long way since the first issue but the goal of the magazine will forever stay the same – to inspire. Many may look at a fashion magazine thinking it’s just about fashion but in fact it’s a platform to communicate so much more than just the clothes the models are wearing or what’s the latest trends. A fashion magazine is in fact a gateway of the past, present and the future. In their own way they portray and shine light on important historical moments, political issues, world catastrophes and news.

The late editor in chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, created one of the most iconic Vogue issues ever by doing just this. Through the iconic Makeover Madness-issue current events were highlighted in an almost satirical manner, sparking controversy and discussion. Martina Bonnier continues this tradition of pushing boundaries and highlighting current events with Vogue Scandinavias first issue. With thoughtful, powerful editorials and insightful, debating journalism she is mirroring our present time and addressing the current issues in the most fashionable way.

Vogue Scandinavia came out strong and bold, by having the 18 year old environmental activist gracing the cover of the first issue as well as the powerful communication of being the first sustainable magazine. This has led to some greenwashing accusations towards the most recent addition of the Conde Nast-family. Since Vogue is covering an industry that is a part of the environmental issue there has been some debate whether a fashion magazine objectively can address a subject which is such a big part of their business. But doesn’t that make Vogue the perfect outlet to talk about it? By showing the business that the environment is important to them they can inspire and put pressure on brands and stakeholders to make vital changes for a more sustainable future. If the fashion magazines don’t shed light on the current issues we are facing and take responsibility the best way they can, then really, who will.

A celebration of colour within chaos – Damien Hirst, Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms is Damien Hirst’s first museum exhibition in France and The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is proud to unveil Damien Hirst’s remarkable new series of paintings.

The Cherry Blossoms series reinterprets, with playful irony, the traditional subject of landscape painting. Hirst combines thick brushstrokes and elements of gestural painting, referencing both Impressionism and Pointillism, as well as Action Painting. The monumental canvases, which are entirely covered in dense bright colors, envelop the viewer in a vast floral landscape moving between figuration and abstraction.

“I’ve had a romance with painting all my life, even if I avoided it. As a young artist, you react to the context, your situation. In the 1980s, painting wasn’t really the way to go.” says Damien Hirst.

After studying in Leeds, Damien Hirst entered Goldsmiths College in London in 1986 and quickly became the face of the Young British Artists, a group with a taste for experimentation and creating art viewed as provocative by some. They dominated the British arts scene in the 1990s. In 1995, he was awarded the Turner Prize.

The Cherry Blossoms are at once a subversion and homage to the great artistic movements of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They are integral to the pictorial exploration long carried out by Hirst. In his London studio, the artist describes “diving into the paintings and completely blitzing them from one end to the other”. He was working on several canvases at the same time and constantly returning to these, which he kept close by, months after their completion. After devoting three full years to the series, Damien Hirst niched the Cherry Blossoms series in November 2020

“The Cherry Blossoms are about beauty and life and death. They’re extreme—there’s something almost tacky about them. Like Jackson Pollock twisted by love. They’re decorative but taken from nature. They’re about desire and how we process the things around us and what we turn them into, but also about the insane visual transience of beauty—a tree in full crazy blossom against a clear sky. It’s been so good to make them, to be completely lost in color and in paint in my studio. They’re garish and messy and fragile and about me moving away from Minimalism and the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter and that’s so exciting for me.”

The exhibition will be shown at The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain June 1st 2021 to January 2nd 2022.

Frandinavian Style

The brand Filippa Hägg is a mix of chic Parisian style combined with Scandinavian minimalism, or as we like to call it, Frandinavian. As the Scandinavian style embodies minimalism and clean lines, the french style is all about timeless cuts and keeping it chic. Frandinavian style is the perfect mix of the two aesthetics, and together they signify true effortlessness.

The French style is about finding a balance between being dressed up and looking relaxed at the same time. The French woman loves her basics and keeping it simple. Even though having a wardrobe filled with neutrals and timeless cuts, she is never boring-looking. Instead, she lets a statement piece brighten up the outfit, like a scarf, red lip, or a fun pair of shoes. And similar to the Scandinavian woman, she is never overdone or overdressed. They look like they didn’t even try, but they sure did put a lot of effort into curating a perfect closet that makes dressing easy and fun.

While the Scandinavian woman is much like the french with a wardrobe of basics, the style is slightly more focused around the one and only color of Scandinavian fashion: black. Black is the base for everything and works as a canvas to add your own personal touch to, making everything look elegant and sleek. The elegant classic pieces are often mixed with new trends or sporty items – creating a playful look that never goes out of style.

Combining the two styles is easy as they both circle around the idea of effortless dressing with wardrobe staples. The Scandinavian look is cool and edgy, while the French add a more romantic and feminine touch.

Balance comfort and style

Looking good is all about feeling good. Uncomfortable shoes or jeans that fit too tight are never a good look nor feel. Wear an outfit that you’ll feel comfortable in all day. Mix and match tailored pieces with casual and sporty ones to get the perfect comfy but elegant look, like our favorite oversized blazer and a pair of dad sneakers. It’s all about balance!

Opt for timeless and classic styles instead of trends

Shop quality items that are versatile and will last for a long time. To keep the overall look simple and easy to style, go for neutral tones.

Have a signature uniform

Find your perfect uniform that suits your everyday lifestyle, it makes it easier to dress in the morning, and you’ll always feel comfortable. Build the rest of your outfits around your signature look, spice it up with jewelry and other accessories. Find your own style and stick to it!

Let these fundamentals guide you in creating your perfect Frandinavian wardrobe!